Guide Dogs of America – Tender Loving Canines Mark National PTSD Awareness Day

Guide Dogs of America-Tender Loving Canines continues to advocate and serve Americans and service members in need. June 27 is National PTSD Awareness Day, to which GDA-TLC works to bring awareness to military veterans coping with PTSD.

With many IAM members serving in the armed forces, the Machinists Union will continue to be a driving force in securing assistance for veterans and their families. Tender Loving Canines and the PTSD Companion program is yet another way to support our service members when they return home.

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Located in Sylmar, CA, the Guide Dogs of America-Tender Loving Canines training program costs the organization $60,000 to breed and train a PTSD Companion. Additionally, the program requires a 3-week online training program and a ten-day in-facility course to prepare veterans and their service companions.

 

To learn more about the program and how you can donate, help raise a puppy and advocate for veterans needing a PTSD companion, you can visit the Guide Dogs of America – Tender Loving Canines website here .

 

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Press Clips and Social Media Highlights from the IAM-CORE Apple Campaign

The National Labor Relations Board recently certified the union election win for over 100 Apple store employees in Towson, Md. The Coalition of Organized Retail Employees (CORE) overwhelmingly voted to join the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) .

Here are some top press clips and social media posts from the historic organizing campaign to represent Towson, MD. Apple employees.

Top Press Clips:

READ: Apple Store workers approve union, the first in the U.S. (the Washington Post)

READ: Machinists Union’s Coalition of Organized Retail Employees Wins Historic Organizing Campaign to Represent Towson, Md. Apple Workers (IAM)

READ: Biden says he is proud of Apple workers who voted to join a union (Reuters)

READ: Apple would be unwise to fight ‘lopsided’ union vote, expert says (Yahoo Finance)

READ: Biden Says He’s ‘Proud’ of Apple Workers Voting to Unionize (Bloomberg)

READ: Apple Workers at Maryland Store Vote to Unionize, a First in the U.S. (The New York Times)

WATCH: Apple store employees in Towson become company’s first in US to unionize (WBAL)

READ: Apple workers at Maryland store vote 2-1 to organize (Associated Press)

READ: Maryland Apple store votes to unionize in first for company’s US locations (The Hill)

 

Social Media Highlights:

IAM-CORE members react to their union election victory

Nancy Pelosi tweeted her congratulations

CBS tweet video of CORE celebrating

IAM-CORE tweets about certification

Machinists Union tweets thanks to Biden

Machinists Union tweets Bloomberg article

Machinists Union tweets live video of CORE celebrating vote count

IAM-CORE tweets about winning vote

Machinist Union Facebook Status

 

Background:

WATCH: Why Apple Workers in Maryland are Organizing with the Machinists Union

READ: Maryland Apple Store Employees Move to Join the IAM

READ: Maryland Apple Store Employees File for Election to Join Machinists Union

 

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North Carolina Local 350 Members Secure Strong Contract at Spirit AeroSystems

Machinists Local Lodge 350 members employed at Spirit AeroSystems in Kinston, NC ratified a new 5-year deal recently. The new accord also features a combined cash, and stock signing bonus for a total of $9,000 bonuses in retirement and cash.

The membership voted overwhelmingly to accept the new five-year deal, which includes:

  • $1 per hour GWI in January 2023, and future wages protected for inflation with a 2% minimum and a maximum of 4%.
  • Accelerated wage progression of .25 cents every 13 weeks.
  • Shift premium, Lead premium, and promotion pay increased.
  • A one-time $4,000 retirement incentive lump sum.
  • $3,500 company stock.
  • $1,500 signing bonus.

The deal also features a new company match to 401(k) and increased IAM National Pension Fund (IAMNPF) from 75 cents to 90 cents over the life of the agreement. Health savings account participants will see a $100 increase on the start of each year of the agreement, while holding the line on health care benefits. The package also includes paid paternity and maternity leave, the first of its kind to be included in a collective bargaining agreement at Spirit AeroSystems in the U.S.

“Congratulations to the members and representatives of Local 350,” said IAM Southern Territory General Vice President Rickey Wallace. “My thanks go out to Grand Lodge Representative Joe Greaser, and the Negotiating Committee for a job well done – the proof is in the results.”

“My thanks to the membership,” said Grand Lodge Representative Joe Greaser. “Their quality of work along with a long partnership with management made it possible to make the gains the members wanted at the table.”

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Register Now for IAM’s October Human Rights Program

The IAM Women’s and Human Rights Department will offer the Human Rights Program from October 23-28, 2022. The program will be held at the William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center in Hollywood, MD.

Recognizing that justice and equality can only be achieved through an organized and empowered working class, the Human Rights Program will help enable members to become human rights activists. Through the establishment of human rights committees focused on fair treatment on the job and within the union we can work together to support true equality in our neighborhoods, schools, and workplaces.

The Human Rights Program trains committees to be active in local and district lodges; to improve worker rights through engagement in the legislative process; and to identify opportunities to participate in organizing campaigns that include traditionally under-represented workers. Participants will learn effective intervention strategies when dealing with workplace harassment, whether from coworkers or management. The program also provides members an overview of resources available to them.

Human rights committees encourage involvement of a diverse membership in lodge administration and provide membership with practical strategies to advocate for diversity, mutual respect, fairness, and equality in the workplace and the union.

“It’s important for our members to have the knowledge and tools to advocate for a diverse workforce,” said Julie Frietchen, Director of the IAM Women’s and Human Rights Department. “This program is essential if we want to fulfill the IAM’s core principle of ‘Justice on the Job, Service to the Community.’”

The registration deadline is August 29. The call letter and registration instructions for the program is located on the Winpisinger Center website.

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IAM Rail Division Pounds Pavement in Washington, DC

At this week’s 2022 IAM Legislative Conference in Washington, DC, union leaders from TCU, the Carmen Division, and IAM District Lodge 19 amplified our members’ voices by meeting with various elected officials from across the federal government. Our railroaders spoke at length with leaders from the Federal Railroad Administration, the Surface Transportation Board, and Congress.

 

Conference attendees heard speeches in the mornings from some of the most powerful leaders in Washington, including Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, Senator Maria Cantwell, Senator Sherrod Brown, and many others.

In the afternoons, railroaders took to the Hill to talk about our issues.

From local to national matters, all issues were on the table. Railroaders blasted the so-called “Precision Scheduled Railroading” business model that’s cost the jobs of 45,000 railroaders over the past 6 years, and the associated service declines. They talked safety issues in our yards and the locomotive and car shops. They spoke about how elected officials can better address assault prevention on our nation’s transit and passenger rail systems.

And, importantly, our members discussed ongoing national freight rail negotiations and the need to get all railroaders a raise and a fair contract!

Some of the highlighted meetings included:
• Rep. Peter DeFazio, Chairman of the House Transportation & Infrastructure (D, OR-2nd)
• Jennifer Mitchell, FRA Deputy Administrator
• Robert Primus, Surface Transportation Board
• Senator Deb Fischer (Nebraska)
• Rep. Jimmy Gomez (D, CA-34th)
• Top staff from the Senate Commerce Committee
• And many others…

“I’m proud of our local and division leaders for pounding the pavement on Capitol Hill this week,” said TCU President Artie Maratea. “Our folks were able to speak directly to the key leaders that can change our members lives for the better – and THAT is what being a union is all about.”

 

TCU Nat. Vice President & Legislative Director Bill DeCarlo addressed the entire Legislative Conference on Wednesday morning:
“…Since taking the role at TCU, we’ve had one mission: Build.

Build our union’s power. Build support amongst our membership. Build a Legislative program that ensures we can punch above our weight.

The great turn out for this Conference is evidence of the progress we’ve made, and we will continue to build our power in Washington, DC, and continue to live up to the legendary reputation of the ‘Fighting Machinists’…”

For the first time, TCU and the Carmen Division joined forces with our brothers from the IAM’s District Lodge 19 under the umbrella of the newly-created IAM Rail Division. “I’m so proud of our TCU and District 19 guys stepping up to help represent our Rail Division in DC,” said Josh Hartford, Special Assistant to the International President, IAM Rail Division. “And I want to thank the TCU Legislative team for their tireless efforts on behalf of all railroaders. Bill DeCarlo and Dave Arouca are a force in Washington, and we need their expertise now more than ever if we’re going to get our members a fair contract.”

Railroaders got to meet a few leaders that have been rockstars as of late, including T&I Chairman Peter DeFazio, who has long challenged the Class 1 railroads for their endless greed and treatment of their workforce. “Chairman DeFazio was the first person on Capitol Hill to really get it. He knows how this PSR model is hurting our railroads, rail service, and rail workers. Our guys were extremely glad to finally meet the one of the leaders that’s really chastizing the Class 1 CEOs,” said Don Grissom, Asst. General President of TCU’s Carmen Division. [In case you missed it, Grissom testified last week  before the House Railroads, Pipelines and HazMat Subcommittee hearing on freight rail safety.]

STB Board Member Robert Primus also talked with our railroaders. Primus recently went viral amongst rank-and-file railroaders when he had a testy exchange with CSX CEO Jim Foote  at the STB’s “Urgent Issues in Freight Rail Service” hearing in April.

 

“These days, a lot of these CEOs run their railroads through fear, because a scared employee is an obedient employee,” said Greg Kocialski, TCU’s National Rep. covering CSX clerical and intermodal properties. “So it’s no surprise that Primus’ exchange with Jim Foote became legendary amongst railroaders. Our members have been through hell and back during COVID, deemed essential frontline workers from the get go – but all the railroads have offered is stricter discipline, massive forced overtime, and a $600 payday loan.”

Every Legislative Conference attendee contributed valuably to the week’s events and meetings: from Rudy Herrera telling his story to the FRA; Greg Burnett talking National Negotiations with Rep. Rick Larsen; Jason Cox detailing car inspection times with Sen. Sherrod Brown; and Josh Cox (no relation) bringing Nebraskan machinists issues home to Sen. Fischer and the entire State delegation.

As one staffer mentioned, “it’s truly amazing to see the range of accents from across the country – but you’re all telling the same story.”

Indeed, our shared plight is our shared fight. So let’s keep up that fight in DC and at home!

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